- The president’s daughter and son-in-law — two of his most senior advisers in the West Wing — are finally Republicans.
- For years, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were registered Democrats and donated to Democratic politicians in their home state of New York.
- In 2016, Trump couldn’t vote for her father in the Republican primary because she wasn’t registered with the GOP.
- The couple now insists — despite evidence to the contrary — that the president has expanded the GOP to include former Democrats like themselves.
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Ivanka Trump — the president’s eldest daughter, top surrogate, and a senior White House adviser — is finally, officially, a Republican.
“I am a proud Trump Republican,” Trump told The New York Times in a Monday interview.
For years, Trump and her husband and fellow White House aide, Jared Kushner, were registered Democrats, donated to Democratic politicians in their home state of New York, and held more progressive views on social issues, including gay rights.
Neither Trump nor her brother, Eric, voted in the 2016 primary election because they hadn’t registered as Republicans by the October 2015 deadline.
Trump, who registered as a Republican days before the November 2018 midterms, insisted that she’s a conservative through-and-through and recently argued that refusing to celebrate the administration’s success is “unforgivable”
She added that she wouldn’t “speculate on the projections other people have cast upon me” and argued that her father’s administration have “completely changed the trajectory of this country.”
Kushner recently told reporters he, too, is now registered with the GOP.
Both Trump and Kushner insisted that the president has expanded the Republican party, helping it appeal to former Democrats like themselves.
“I believe he’s broadened the reach of the Republican Party, which is really important to me,” Trump said of her father.
“I was not a Republican,” Kushner told reporters in December. “Now I’m a Republican. I think the Republican Party is growing now that people like me feel comfortable being part of it.”
There is little evidence to support the claim that the president has made the GOP more welcoming to younger, more moderate conservatives. In fact, he’s driven many voters in that demographic away from the party.
This comes as the couple plunge into full campaign mode to help reelect the president in November. Ivanka is a much sought-after surrogate and has headlined a series of lucrative fundraising events for her father’s reelection campaign.
She called her own fundraising efforts “pretty record-shattering,” noting she managed to raise $2 million in under an hour at a November event in Houston.
Meanwhile, the president’s two eldest sons, Don Jr. and Eric, are active on the campaign trail, regularly appear on cable news as surrogates, and are aggressive in defending their father on social media.